How did I do it?

November 23, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

I had shot this image a while ago as part of the Black and White challenge on Facebook and I had mentioned that I would soon be posting a tutorial on how I managed to get this shot. 

 

I used the following photographic/ non-photographic equipment in the making of this shot:

a) Tripod - Manfrotto 055XPROB with a ball-head

b) DSLR - Canon 60D

c)Macro Lens - Canon 100mm f/2.8

d) Flash light/ String

e) a Black Box

f) A polo mint (you will see why)

g) An egg 

Set Up:

a) Splay the tripod legs very wide to enable the camera to be positioned very low

b) Mount your Camera with the Macro lens on the tripod

c) Place the Black Box in front of the camera

d) Try and find a spot on the box to tie the flashlight with a string with the beam pointing downwards in the box

e) Place the egg on a Polo mint (to prevent from rolling over) inside the box under where the light from the flash light is pointing down

f) Switch off all the other lights in the room to cut out the ambient light

g) Ensure that the camera is able to acquire sharp focus 

h) Take the shot

Image Processing:

a) Once the image is transferred to your computer and saved in your directory, change the orientation by Rotating 180º and open the Image in Adobe Camera Raw or Lightroom's Develop Module

b) I used the following settings for getting in some global adjustments, your workflow might be different to mine!

c) Open the image in Photoshop

d) We will now need to create a reflection. Select the image using the Rectangular Marquee tool and hit Cmd+J (Mac) or Ctrl+J (PC) to create a duplicate layer with the selected portion of the image. Ensure the selection is restricted just to the image and not to the black areas below the image. The layer palette would look like this

e) Now on the duplicate layer, invert the image by going to Edit-Transform-Flip Vertical

f) Use the Move Tool to drag the image down to create an impression of the reflection of the egg

g) Lower the Layer Opacity to 60% or thereabouts to make the reflection subdued.

h) Convert the image to Black and White using your favourite method and

Voila! you have created a portrait of an egg with it's own reflection.

 

 


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